Once the cancer is found in your uterine, your doctor will do some tests which will determine the stage of the cancer. In general, stages of endometrial cancer include:
- Stage I – the cancer is localized only in the uterus; it has not spread to other tissue.
- Stage II – a stage 2 endometrial cancer usually affects both the uterus and cervix, but has not spread into the pelvic region.
- Stage III – the cancer has spread outside the uterus to reach other organs such as rectum and bladder and lymph nodes housed in the lower abdomen (pelvis).
- Stage IV – Stage IV is the most advanced stage of the cancer; the cancer has spread to the upper abdomen and may affect not only the bladder and rectum but also distant organs from the pelvic.
- Recurrent – a cancer that has returned after treatment is considered as a recurrent cancer. In general, recurrent cancers are more difficult to be treated, and have low survival chance.